See the urban forest through the trees 

If you haven’t noticed, there are trees in San Francisco.

If for some reason you cannot go outside to gander at them, you can see some of those trees on an online map.

But if you are willing to step outside your door, you not only can see the urban forest through the trees, but learn all about the coolest ones. That’s because the San Francisco Department of Environment, working with Friends of the Urban Forest, will take folks on a free bus tour Aug. 14 to check out some of The City’s “most magnificent trees.”

“We’ll visit trees with connections to people that helped shape San Francisco, that stem from the genetic roots of The City before it was developed, and that have spurred the growth of active community programs and celebration,” the department said.

And since you’re probably thinking, “We ought not to be taking a gas-hungry, smoke-spewing bus to enjoy nature,” well, you’ll be riding in a biodiesel bus for the three-hour trip from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The tour meets at the Eucalyptus trees on the corner of 1801 Bush St. While the tour is free, RSVP is required.

One more very important drawback to this tour:

“Because this tour is of public trees and we will be outside the whole time, there may not be access to restroom facilities at any point during the tour,” the department said.

So make like you’re about to go to bed and hit the potty room before the tour.

Contact sfurbanforestcouncil@sfgov.org for more information.

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